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Operation Petticoat 

It's hijinks on the high seas when a U.S. submarine has to take on a collection of female nurses. Somehow or another, the sub gets painted pink in the process.




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Series cast summary:
Melinda Naud ...  Lt. Dolores Crandall 33 episodes, 1977-1979
Jim Varney ...  Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom / ... 33 episodes, 1977-1979
Richard Brestoff ...  Yeoman Hunkle 32 episodes, 1977-1979
John Astin ...  Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Sherman 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Richard Gilliland ...  Lt. Nick Holden 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Yvonne Wilder ...  Major Edna Howard 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Jamie Lee Curtis ...  Lt. Barbara Duran 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Dorrie Thomson ...  Lt. Ruth Colfax 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Bond Gideon ...  Lt. Claire Reid 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Christopher J. Brown Christopher J. Brown ...  Ensign Stovall 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Kraig Cassity Kraig Cassity ...  Seaman Dooley 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Wayne Long Wayne Long ...  Chief Herbert Molumphrey 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Richard Marion Richard Marion ...  Pharmacist's Mate Williams 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Michael Mazes Michael Mazes ...  Radioman Gossett 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ...  Chief Machinist's Mate Tostin 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Jesse Dizon ...  Ramon Gallardo 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Peter Schuck Peter Schuck ...  Seaman Horwich 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Raymond Singer ...  Lt. Watson 23 episodes, 1977-1978


It's hijinks on the high seas when a U.S. submarine has to take on a collection of female nurses. Somehow or another, the sub gets painted pink in the process. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Release Date:

4 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life in the Pink See more »

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Technical Specs


(24 episodes)

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Melinda Naud and Richard Gilliland were in A Day of Thanks on Walton's Mountain. See more »


Remake of Operation Petticoat (1959) See more »

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29 March 2013 | by TVholicSee all my reviews

I was (and still am) a fan of the 1959 movie, so when this series was announced, I was looking forward to it. Alas, it was a major disappointment. This lacked everything that made the movie charming.

The cast just didn't have the spark that was necessary to carry the show. John Astin was excellent and unforgettable as the zany, completely off the wall Gomez Addams, but he was a very poor fit as the subdued skipper here. Meanwhile, Richard Gilliland never gave the impression of the member of high society that the original Lt. Holden was supposed to be. He was a schemer, but lacked even a bit of the slightly smarmy charisma that made the original Holden character believable. With all due respect to these actors, Cary Grant and Tony Curtis had not only very big shoes to fill, they played their characters perfectly, and if you can't emulate them, you might as well just give it up. The rest of the cast was also peculiarly bland. Only on occasion did a talented guest star bring some real comedic acting to the show, such as Sorrell Booke a couple of years before he became Boss Hogg on the Dukes of Hazzard.

Worst of all, this was a below average sitcom even for that era. Bad jokes aside, there was usually a haphazard buildup through each episode followed by an unimaginative deus ex machina solution then a very abrupt ending with no coda or epilogue. Compared with the top-rated sitcoms at the time - shows like Happy Days and Three's Company - the very best episodes of this were less memorable and far less enjoyable than the very worst of those shows. Looking at the writing credits, it's obvious why. The two men responsible for most of the scripts had no comedy writing credits. They wrote westerns and adventures. Their closest connection was that they came up with the story premise for the original movie, but they didn't write that screenplay. It wasn't a bad idea to make a series from the movie. It's just that this effort was completely lackluster. It's no wonder the show sank beneath the waves, rightfully forgotten even by most of those few who watched it.

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